Peter Bacchus – Chair
Peter Bacchus is a senior adviser to the global mining industry, having run Natural Resource Sector investment banking teams at Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup. He pioneered China’s engagements with the global mining community, advising the state-owned China MinMetals on its takeover offer for Noranda in Canada, and listed China Steel, CITIC Resources, and China National Coal on global stock exchanges. Peter has a 20-year track record of advising and raising capital for companies in Africa, having executed deals in a dozen different countries on the continent, including South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and Angola.
Lord Clement-Jones was made a life peer in 1998. A former Chairman of the Liberal Party, he has held a series of senior positions within the Liberal Democrats including as Party Treasurer, vice-chair of its General Election Campaign, and chair of London Mayoral and Assembly campaigns. He has been the party’s spokesman in the House of Lords for health, then culture, media and sport, and most recently for business, innovation and skills, and for communications and the creative industries. He is the London Managing Partner of DLA Piper and Chair of its China and Middle East desks. Alongside his work with Space for Giants, Lord Clement-Jones is involved with charities focused on cancer, autism, and AIDS.
Janice Hughes is the Founding Director of Redshift Strategy. She created the European TMT Practice for Booz Allen Hamilton, and was MD of the Economists Advisory Group. An economist specialising in telecoms and media, she has advised small and mid-sized companies in countries including Kenya, Mali, Botswana and the Pacific Islands, and has advised Government Ministers in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. Janice was part of the Creative Industries Committee with Richard Branson and Lord Puttnam and has written several books. She is currently President of Médecins du Monde UK and on the Corporate Advisory Board for Tate Modern and Tate Britain. She has a strong interest in wildlife and conservation.
Tom Brunner is a Director at AOL in London, and was for a decade before that a senior marketing executive for Microsoft. He has played key roles in strategic development for major international corporations. Tom has spent many years travelling to Kenya where he has built up direct experience of the conservation challenges that Space for Giants is now planning to tackle. Tom is a founding trustee of Space for Giants.
Michael Count – Treasurer
Michael Count is a fund manager for Canada Life Investments and is based in London. Mike captained Cambridge University’s rugby team, and went on to play professional rugby in Italy and Britain. He has since built up major experience in international finance that he is drawing on to help with developing and managing Space for Giants’ UK fund and accounts. Mike’s family has a long history of work and adventure in Africa, mainly in and around Malawi. He is currently the treasurer for Space for Giants.